Handbook of Sociological Theory / Edition 1

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This wide-ranging handbook presents in-depth discussions on the array of subspecialties that comprise the field of sociological theory. Prominent theorists working in a variety of traditions discuss methodologies and strategies; the cultural turn in sociological theorizing; interaction processes; theorizing from the systemic and macro level; new directions in evolutionary theorizing; power, conflict, and change; and theorizing from assumptions of rationality.
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"This handbook is a marvelous accomplishment. Organized in seven sections, it skillfully captures, maps, and interprets the wide range of theory that now operates in the discipline. Each of its 31 chapters is carefully crafted by a master theorist. [...] This is a glittering gallery of sociological theory written by the preeminent theorists working in the field today [...] there are gemlike chapters that show creative theorists at work, doing what good theorists do best, which is figuring out how the social world works."
(American Journal of Sociology, 2003)

"Instead of compiling a compendium of old, dusty standards, Turner gathered the newest, most-viable theories in sociology, ‘with an eye to capturing the diversity of theoretical activity.’ … From methodological and empirical concerns to cultural and communicative concepts, as well as computational and postmodern approaches, The Handbook of Sociology Theory covers the gamut of modern sociological research. … will take one a long way to understanding the history and the current thoughts of sociology and the social sciences." (Roy Christopher, frontwheeldrive.com, January, 2007)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387324586
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/17/2006
  • Series: Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 745
  • Product dimensions: 1.49 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Sociological Theory Today 1
2 What Makes Sciences "Scientific?" 21
3 Formal Theory 37
4 Computational Approaches to Sociological Theorizing 69
5 The Critical Dimension in Sociological Theory 85
6 Metatheorizing in Sociology: The Basic Parameters and the Potential Contributions of Postmodernism 113
7 The Strong Program in Cultural Theory: Elements of a Structural Hermeneutics 135
8 Postmodern Social Theory 151
9 Culture and Identity 171
10 Alley Art: Can We ... See ... at Last, the End of Ontology? 187
11 Traditional Symbolic Interactionism, Role Theory, and Structural Symbolic Interactionism: The Road to Identity Theory 211
12 Role Theory 233
13 The Emotional/Relational World: Shame and the Social Bond 255
14 Action Theory 269
15 Accounts of Conduct in Interaction: Interruption, Overlap, and Turn-Taking 287
16 Inequality, Status, and the Construction of Status Beliefs 323
17 Macrostructural Theory 343
18 The Return of Grand Theory 353
19 Systems Theory 379
20 Sociobiological Theorizing: Evolutionary Sociology 405
21 Evolutionary Theorizing 435
22 Sociological Marxism 459
23 Weberian Theory Today: The Public Face 487
24 Conflict Theory and Interaction Rituals: The Microfoundations of Conflict Theory 509
25 Resource Mobilization Theory: Vigorous or Outmoded? 533
26 Historical Analysis of Political Processes 567
27 World-Systems Theory 589
28 Theoretical Understandings of Gender: A Third of a Century of Feminist Thought in Sociology 613
29 Social Rationality versus Rational Egoism 635
30 Comparison Theory 669
31 Exchange and Power: Issues of Structure and Agency 699
Index 721
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